Elizabeth Pennefather-O’Brien (2012)

Affiliation at the time of the award: Medicine Hat College

Citation: A colleague wrote “This phrase [promote and support the development of their peers with regard to teaching excellence] immediately made me think of Elizabeth. She differentiates herself from other faculty at our institution through her outstanding teaching, leadership, and mentoring abilities.” Elizabeth strives to improve her own teaching, and what better way than to interact with as many other instructors as possible. At Medicine Hat College, Elizabeth is co-facilitator for a faculty learning community, sits on the Faculty Association Executive Board, and is a member of faculty evaluation, teaching innovation, biosafety, and research management committees.

She is a Resident Scholar, working with a colleague to provide a formal foundation for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at the college. In the community, Elizabeth judges at the local science fair, volunteers at her son’s school, and is the community member for the local Animal Care Committee. She has presented at provincial and international meetings focused on teaching, such as the Alberta Introductory Biology Association and the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society. Elizabeth plays an active leadership role in this latter society as the co-chair of the Membership Committee. She is also contracted to co-author the next edition of a Human Anatomy textbook